by Max Brantley
A federal judge intervened last night just ahead of the effective time of a new Mississippi law written to drive the last clinical abortion provider out of Mississippi. For now, a legal medical procedure remains available to women in Mississippi.
But the lawsuit brought on behalf of the clinic notes that supporters of the new law have publicly stated the broader intention to limit abortions. It cites Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’s Web site, which says that the law “not only protects the health of the mother but should close the only abortion clinic in Mississippi”
Judge Jordan found the argument compelling, writing, “Plaintiffs have offered evidence — including quotes from significant legislative and executive officers — that the act’s purpose is to eliminate abortions in Mississippi. They likewise submitted evidence that no safety or health concerns motivated its passage. This evidence has not yet been rebutted.”
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